Quantum Light and Matter

Our research covers the interfaces between physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering. We explore photonics, condensed matter physics and the interaction of light and matter at the quantum level. Our core themes of nanostructuring, optical control and quantum coherence are underpinned by a common interest in physics at the nano-scale where quantum mechanical behaviour comes to the fore.

Quantum science and technology exploit the quantum-mechanical phenomena of coherence, superposition, and entanglement, and the particular properties of quantum-mechanical measurement, to provide new techniques for sensing, measurement, information processing, data transmission and storage. Quantum technologies are already providing miniature chip-scale atomic clocks for navigation and timing; future devices will include high-sensitivity accelerometers, gravimeters and magnetometers for navigation and geological exploration, micromechanical mass and pressure sensors with single-molecule discrimination, single-electron transistors, quantum-engineered solar cells, and entanglement-based quantum information processing.

We have projects in a number of areas including:

  • Adaptive photonics
  • Inorganic colloidal nanocrystals
  • Hybrid photonics
  • Nanomaterials
  • Quantum control
  • Quantum nanophysics and matter wave interferometry
  • Surface-emitting semiconductor lasers
  • Terahertz laboratories
  • Theory of light matter coupling in nanostructures

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Quantum light and matter
Quantum light and matter
Quantum light and matter
Quantum light and matter